After further investigation, it has now been determined that Venus Williams is not at fault in a fatal car accident.
Venus Williams has been found not to be at fault in fatal traffic collision in Florida this past June, Palm Beach Gardens police announced in a statement Friday.
Investigators cited “new evidence” — video surveillance footage — that revealed Williams’ Toyota Sequoia had entered an intersection on June 9 legally just before the collision. The Hyundai Accent driven by Linda Barson collided with Williams’ vehicle in an accident that left Linda Barson with various injuries and her husband, Jerome Barson, critically injured.
Jerome Barson succumbed to his injuries two weeks following the accident.
Williams was originally found to be at fault of the accident after initial investigaion.
“Based on the evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation, it has been determined the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection to Ballenisles Drive,” the police said in a statement. “As Williams was traveling through the intersection, a Nissan Altima entered the intersection traveling south, and made a left turn in front of Williams’ vehicle, causing her to stop advancing through the intersection to avoid a collision.
“The traffic signal then cycled to green, at which time Barson continued westbound and entered the intersection. The front end of Barson’s vehicle collided the right front of Williams’ vehicle.”
An auto negligence suit on behalf of the estate of Jerome Barson, filed against Williams last week in Palm Beach County, is seeking an unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
According to that lawsuit, Jerome Barson suffered “severed main arteries, massive internal bleeding, a fractured spine and massive internal organ damage”.
Linda Barson was also hospitalized after suffering “a cracked sternum, shattered right arm, broken right wrist, hand and fingers,” per the lawsuit.